This first discovery set the tone for a coal dominated mining industry in NSW which is now home to the worlds largest coal export port – Newcastle. There are also significant gold, lead, zinc and copper deposits that have been mined.
coal was discovered near Newcastle in New South Wales and later to the The first metal mined in Australia was lead at Glen Osmond in South Australia in 1841. Gold was first discovered in New South Wales in 1823 by a public official
History: Gold-bearing surface gravels were discovered at Ophir and Auburn in 1848 and for several The most productive mines were the Bellevue, Crater Hill, Gold Blossom, Hathaway, Oro Fino Oro Fina, and Three Star. .. Newcastle.